Robert Frost was born March 26, 1874, in San Francisco, California. His father was a teacher and journalist, and after his death in 1885, Frost’s family moved to New England, a setting that would prove crucial in Frost’s poems. He attended Dartmouth briefly and Harvard some time after, but never received a degree. He held various jobs, including teaching, and sold his first poem, “My Butterfly,” for fifteen dollars in 1894. He married Elinor White and had six children, though few of them outlived Frost himself. In 1912, the Frost family moved to England for three years, and during this time, Frost published two collections of poems, A Boy’s Will and North of Boston, which contained some of his most well-known poems, including “Mending Wall.”
Frost returned to the United States in 1915 and embarked on a career in teaching and writing. He published several more works over the ensuing decades, and with each work came more awards and accolades. In contrast to many poets who were recognized only after death, Frost was honored often during his lifetime, garnering four Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry. Highly regarded as one of the greatest American poets, he is most known for his poems depicting nature and rural life in New England and was popular in no small part due to his accessible style and conversational vernacular. Some of his most famous poems include, “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Although his life was filled with sorrows, including the death of his wife in 1937 and the deaths of four of his six children, Frost continued writing up until his death on January 29, 1963.